Mark Zuckerberg and Meta launched its virtual reality social platform, Horizon Worlds, in France and Spain this week, but it’s already been met with wide ridicule. 

Already available in the U.S., U.K., and Canada, Horizon Worlds launched in the two European countries on Tuesday. Zuckerberg revealed the news in a Facebook post. “Looking forward to seeing people explore and build immersive worlds, and to bringing this to more countries soon,” he wrote.

It was the post’s accompanying picture, however, that social media users couldn’t handle. “This looks like a 2002 Nintendo GameCube release called like “World Baby”,” was how Texas Monthly senior editor Christopher Hooks comically viewed it. “Nintendo Wii called, they want their graphics back,” someone else similarly noted.

Nintendo was a very popular comparison indeed, another person writing, “we have spent billions of dollars on making it possible to experience the world as if it was a shitty looking Wii game.”

Other Twitter users made more serious points. “It’s so funny to me that they just… can’t get it right with basically infinite resources when there’s multiple other VR social platforms basically run by just some guys that work fine for the most part,” wrote one person.

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“How in the fuck,” someone else wrote alongside a screenshot of a headline revealing that “Meta spent $10 billion on the metaverse” last year. “It really is fascinating just how staggeringly ugly Facebook’s ‘Metaverse’ is,” chided another Twitter user.

Since rebranding from Facebook to Meta, a serious amount of money has been invested into making the metaverse recently. Earlier this year, Meta claimed that the Horizon Worlds app had over 300,000 monthly users, although the company did experience its first-ever quarterly revenue decline in Q2 2022.

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